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New Report Ignores Leading Cause of Environmental Degradation in U.S. – Population Growth

The Huffington Post reports that the 2016 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), compiled by distinguished experts at two ivory tower Ivy League institutions – Columbia and Yale – ranks the United States a lackluster 26th out of 180 countries.

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

In my 20s as a teacher, each summer I pedaled to distant countries to discover people, cultures and landscapes. I rode my bicycle in many countries to see incredible landscapes, rivers and cities. During those years, I remained naïve, innocent and totally out of touch with the challenges facing the human race.

Yes, I witnessed poverty in Mexico. I saw overcrowding in Europe. I pedaled my bicycle into Chicago for a taste of gridlock traffic and air pollution.

Population Ignored Yet Again; This Time at Recent Paris Talks

Every human being on Earth emits carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHGs), both directly and indirectly. Every time each of the 7.4 billion of us alive today exhales – trillions of daily exhalations in aggregate – we add a tiny net increment of CO2 to the atmosphere because of the physiological process of respiration in which all animals (and plants too) engage.

Climate Gone Crazy

Epic California Drought Just One Manifestation of Weather Out of Whack

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then perhaps 200 pictures are worth a book, or at least a blog post. The Los Angeles Times has posted a dramatic “infographic” of more than 200 images of California drought maps from 2011 to 2015 that vividly depict the progression or descent of the Golden State into the worst drought of its recorded history.

Desperate Chinese Are Buying Bottles of ‘100% Pure Rocky Mountain Air’

The smog really is that bad in Beijing…and India’s cities too 

Remembering Douglas Rainsford Tompkins, 1943-2015

Global Conservation Cause Loses a Giant to South American Kayaking Accident

Dust in the Wind: Audacious ‘Desert Wheat’ Scheme Wilts in Sands of Saudi Arabia

With depletion of fossil aquifer used for irrigation, cultivating wheat in Saudi Arabia’s desert proves just another pipe dream.

Amazonia’s Trees Threatened

The Amazon River and Basin (Amazonia) need no introduction. The river itself is by far the biggest on Earth; in fact, its average discharge or flow rate exceeds the next six largest rivers combined (Congo, Ganges, Orinoco, Madeira, Yangtze and Negro). Our own Mighty Mississippi places 9th on this procession of goliaths, with an average discharge a mere one-tenth of the Amazon’s.

Global Consumption Skyrocketing

One consequence of an enormous population

Across four decades, the Washington, D.C.-based Worldwatch Institute, founded in 1974 by the incomparable Lester Brown, has issued insightful reports on important environmental, economic, social and technological trends shaping the future of the Earth and its human inhabitants.

Earth on Edge of Losing its Coral Reefs?

The warming seas are cooking the coral (well actually, bleaching it)

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